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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
But Senators coach Bryan Murray wasn’t complaining afterwards.
“I read all the articles when Chris Neil hit (the Sabres) Chris Drury (in February) and it was the same type of hit,” he said. “It was a kid trying to make contact. (Eaves) had his head down a little bit. He got driven with the shoulder, that’s part of hockey.
“I feel bad with (Eaves) getting hurt the way he did and I know you’ll write extensive articles about how tough Armstrong was and how that shouldn’t be allowed,’’ Murray continued, ‘‘but we felt the same way when Neil hit Drury.
‘‘It was a fair hit, a hockey hit and we live with it accordingly.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There is never the slightest benefit to playing even a single game more than necessary in any playoff series. No Cup champion since the 1992 Penguins has played a seven-game, first-round series. No Cup champion since the 1998 Red Wings has needed more than 11 games to advance to the conference finals.
This isn’t going to be easy for the Rangers. Invisible Brother Marian Hossa might actually announce his presence in the playoffs. So might the boorish Keith Tkachuk. Bob Hartley might recognize that Bobby Holik needs to be on the power play, though assigning No. 16 to the man-up unit would pile on additional minutes his best player might be unable to handle in concert with his checking assignment.
from the Tennessean,
Heading into tonight’s Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against San Jose, Forsberg has not only posted two goals and an assist in two contests, but he also led Nashville in a number of categories. The 33 year-old center has delivered a team-best 10 hits (including a memorable eight in Game 1), snatched a team-best seven takeaways and won a team-best 53.6 percent of his face-offs.
“I’m not saying you don’t play during the regular season or anything like that,’’ Forsberg said. “But I think you have to take your game to a different level come playoffs.
“This time of year, you’re playing for something — the Cup. These games are huge, every single one. Every single little thing can turn a series around.”
from the Mercury News,
Just about everyone in the hockey world has seen the boom that Nashville rookie Alexander Radulov lowered on Sharks right wing Steve Bernier - except the victim. And Bernier hasn’t exactly been scouring YouTube to locate the clip.
“I kind of don’t want to see it,” Bernier said Sunday. “I don’t think it’s very important. That’s in the past. Now I’m going to think about the next game and be ready and forget about this.”
from the Calgary Sun,
In two games, Pavel Datsyuk has potted two goals for the Detroit Red Wings.
His linemate, Henrik Zetterberg, has fired 11 shots on goal and is a plus-3 despite failing to collect any points.
The other linemate, Tomas Holmstrom, has a helper, fired six shots on goal and caused havoc, setting screens in front of Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.
In comparison, the Calgary Flames’ top line has combined for ... well, not much.
from Russo’s Rants,
“They are playing really well and it seems like they are all over the place,” Gaborik said in a very quiet Wild locker room after the loss. “It seems like there were 10 guys with white jerseys out there. It’s hard but we really need to find a way. What we’ve got to do is try to find a way to be a step ahead of them everywhere and be in their face and make it really, really hard on them.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Now let me get two big disclaimers out of the way before I address what’s wrong with the Flames.
First, I am not offering any predictions here or going by any ‘insider information.’ Secondly, I rarely, if ever, want to throw a head coach under the bus. The ultimate responsibility of a team’s performance lies with the players on the ice.
Having said that, if I were general manager Darryl Sutter and the Flames’ ownership, I would look long and hard at replacing Jim Playfair going into Game 3.
Is it dramatic? Absolutely.
more... and I thought the same thing today, but dismissed it because people would have thought I was crazy.
from the Calgary Sun,
After the Flames were handed a 3-1 loss today during the second game in series against the Detroit Red Wings, fans who hit the town to watch the contest at Calgary watering holes described their team’s performance as anywhere from disappointing to shameful.
“It’s very disappointing,” said fan Andrew Potocki.
Potocki said he hopes the Flame’s outstanding home record will lead to wins when the series moves to Calgary but he fears his team is too far behind to mount a viable come-back.
“If we don’t pull off game three on Tuesday, we might as well just pack it in,” he said.
Colby Armstrong of the Pens laid into the Sens Patrick Eaves. No penalty, no elbow, just one of those very hard hits.
Eaves probably had a quick second to see the hit coming, but could do nothing about it.
Eaves was taken off on a stretcher, and appeared to be coming to.
added 7:41pm, Report is concussion but no further damage.
added 7:52pm, from the CP via TSN,
Eaves was circling the Pittsburgh net midway through the second period when he took a stiff check to the head from Penguins forward Colby Armstrong, knocking him hard to the ice. While Eaves lay prone, Senators forward Dean McAmmond fought with Penguins forward Maxime Talbot.
Eaves was alert, and was shown speaking to doctors and flexing his hands as he was wheeled off the ice. CBC reported Eaves had movement in all his extremities, and was diagnosed with a concussion.
added 4:35am, video from HockeyFights.com:
OK, some of us heard the booing during the Canadien National Anthem on CBC.
No need for that, learn from previous experiences we have had with this.
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